Writing is a mentally depleting task, and we work ourselves silly. After a fifteen-thousand-word week, we can feel like we’ve been hit by a truck—an eighteen-wheeler carrying a load of bricks.
And while reaching for the coffee might us feel better for a moment, it’s not the fix we need. Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee. But taking care of ourselves and our bodies is the number-one most important thing we can do for our writing.
If our bodies are not functioning at one hundred percent, our minds won’t be. And our creativity and productivity will both suffer.
Here are a some simple ways to boost energy levels and fuel your writing.
You’ve heard the old writing advice: Write what you know.
It takes other forms, as well. Write your story. Write your life. Write what’s closest to you.
I’ve heard people argue that we each have so much conflict in our own lives, there’s no need to reach outside of our personal stories for writing material.
That is true and not true.
Like most writers, I don’t see myself as someone toiling away the days, trying to advance the career ladder. I’m not looking for the corner office or the huge paycheck. I’m following my passion. If I’m not writing, I want to be writing.
So I’m usually writing.
It’s as simple as that.
Except it’s not. Recently, my family has expressed concern that I’m working too much. But I’m not, I said. I’m doing what I love.
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